Friday, September 26, 2008

PoTC 4

There will be a Pirates of the Caribbean 4 staring Johnny Depp according to Disney. Depp just signed a three picture contract including Jack Sparrow in Pirates 4, the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland (directed by Tim Burton), and Tonto in the Lone Ranger.

Depp gets the largest advance salary in history for Pirates 4 - $55 million. Considering that the PoTC franchise has taken in over a billion and a half, that seems fair.

No further word on cast, plot, or release date. I'm hoping that they give Will and Elizabeth a rest and limit them to a cameo or skip them completely. They've done about everything that they can with those characters and Elizabeth's character has enough trouble as a single mother (ok, she's married but Will is about as absent as is possible).

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Royal Navy won't fight pirates 'in case they claim asylum'

The British Navy isn't what it used to be. Granted, modern pirates aren't swashbucklers, either, but really!

British Foreign Office officials are understood to have advised the Royal Navy not to confront or arrest pirates in the region for fear of transgressing human rights legislation or encouraging their seeking asylum once taken to the UK.

The possibility of piratical sea-scum being clapped in irons and returned to Blighty, there to roast swans in rent-free council flats rather than dancing a final hornpipe on the end of a rope at Execution Dock, has led to a predictable outburst of tubthumping.

The Navy has issued a boilerplate denial that it is soft on piracy, saying that "Royal Navy commanding officers take decisive action to aid ships under attack in international waters, including the use of force or detention if necessary".

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

How to make a pirate map

I missed this on TLAPD (Talk Like A Pirate Day), but Wired has instructions for making your own aged-looking pirate map. Basically, you crumple a paper bar, draw on it, and burn the edges. The part I like is under variations:

Make two treasure maps – one real and one fake. After both the real and the fake maps have been drawn, don't burn the edges of the fake map, but instead cut out another piece of paper bag about the same size as the fake map and crumple it several times. Fold the real map in half or quarters and put it in the middle of the blank piece of paper bag. Then glue the just the edges of the fake map to the blank, hiding the real map inside. Once the glue has dried, burn the edges of the map as described above...just don't burn a hole in the middle of the map. (This is useful for a Dungeons & Dragons campaign to see how long it takes the party to figure out they're following a fake map while the real one is right under their noses).

Seen on a T-Shirt

Rules of the High Seas

1. Ye Captain is always right.
2. If ye lose an eye, arm, or leg in service, TOUGH LUCK.
3. All booty belongs to yer Captain.
4. If ye "poops out" on the POOP DECK, ye hang from the yardarm.
5. All rum belongs to yer Captain.
6. Mutineers will walk the plank.
7. Any problems with ye rules, ye die.

Ye Management

Friday, September 19, 2008

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

It's Pirate Week on Wired

Today's entry is about a pirate movie and Salmagundi. This is supposed to be pirate food. Basically, it means "whatever the cook has on board mixed together."

A lot of pirate references give a very ornate tavern version of salmagundi. This seems to have come from the web site for Cutthroat Island.

Friday, September 12, 2008

A Pirate Vacation

Last year we took a pirate vacation, visiting spots with pirate associations including Williamsburg (Blakbeard's crew was tried and executed there), the museum housing artifacts from Blackbeard's ship, and Charleston which Blackbeard held for ransom (the whole city).

This year we started further south and are working our way north.

We started at St. Augustine. This city is approaching it's 450th anniversary. It was originally founded by the French. The Spanish were afraid that the French would use the settlement as a base for piracy and sent an expedition to found their own colony. They captured a number of French and slaughtered the protestants, then founded the city.

Over the centuries, St. Augustine has been attacked by pirates, privateers, and the English numerous times. Sir Francis Drake, possibly the greatest privateer, raided the city and leveled it in 1586. Robert Searle raided it but didn't level it in 1668. The British attacked in 1702 and 1740. The Spanish eventually built a stone fort to defend the town and a smaller stone outpost a few miles downstream to warn of attackers. Both are still in existence and open to the public.

While we were there we went on a sunset sail on a sloop (two-masted boat). This one was around the size preferred by pirates in the golden age of piracy. The captain believed in doing as much sailing as possible instead of using the motor so we tacked out of the harbor. I've been on sails lke this before but this was the first one that included any tacking.

Currently we are in Savannah where Treasure Island's Captain Flint is supposed to have died. No such pirate actually existed the restaurant, The Pirate House, claims to be haunted by his ghost. The Pirate House incorporates the oldest building in Savannah plus a pirate theme.